Application of Two Sub-Indexes of Social Policy Index, Social Spending, and Taxes in Spain: The Effects of the Current Crisis in a Country with a Southern Welfare Model

By Francisco Ródenas Rigla, Jorge Garcés Ferrer, Carla Vidal Figueroa and Gustavo Castillo Rozas.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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In 2005, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) created the Social Policy Index proposal, both to show the efforts developed by each country in the field of social policy and to establish a comparison between them. Naren Prasad (2006), principal author of the Social Policy Index, suggested that one way to proceed would be to look at the government’s social spending, tax policy, social security regime, and government quality. The actual spending on such services may be an indication of the government’s priorities in this area. In this paper we consider only two of the four areas mentioned by the author: social spending and tax policy. The aim is to understand the effects of the economic crisis on the education, health, housing, social protection, social welfare policies, and spending in these areas in relation to tax revenue approached in the tax sub index. In our analysis we have considered two clearly defined stages of three years each: the first between 2004 and 2006, and the second between 2009 and 2011. Our analysis shows the effects of the economic crisis on the investment by the Spanish Government in social policy fields.

Keywords: Social Policy, Social Spending, Education, Health, Housing and Sanitation, Social Protection and Social Welfare, Spain, Crisis

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 15, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 403.269KB)).

Dr. Francisco Ródenas Rigla

Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Dr. Jorge Garcés Ferrer

Professor of Social Policy and Director of Polibienestar Research Institute, Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Carla Vidal Figueroa

Junior Researcher, Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Dr. Gustavo Castillo Rozas

Cinc Segles Researcher, Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Valencia, Spain